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DeForest Covan (1917–2007)

DeForest Covan was born on September 9, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He was an actor and production manager, known for Rocky (1976), Sanford and Son (1972) and The Bus Is Coming (1971). He died on September 8, 2007 in Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

Rocky Apollo's Corner
Sanford and Son Woodrow 'Woody' Anderson
The Bus Is Coming Additional Crew


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 1994 Headless! (Short)
 1993 NYPD Blue (TV Series)
Mr. Mac
- Emission Accomplished (1993) ... Mr. Mac
 1993 Martin (TV Series)
Man in Audience #2
- Variety Show (1993) ... Man in Audience #2
 1991 One Good Cop
Older Man
 1990-1991 Gabriel's Fire (TV Series)
- Birds Gotta Fly (1991) ... Harry
- Postcards from the Faultline (1991) ... Harry
- Tis the Season (1990) ... Harry
- The Wind Rancher (1990) ... Harry
 1990 Equal Justice (TV Series)
Man in Crowd
- Balancing Act (1990) ... Man in Crowd
 1990 To Sleep with Anger
Fred Jenkins (as DeForest Coven)
 1988 The Night Before
Concierge (as De Forest Covan)
 1982 Honkytonk Man
 1981/I Body and Soul
Cut Man (as DeForrest Covan)
 1981 Evilspeak
 1981 Midnight Lace (TV Movie)
 1980 Cheech and Chong's Next Movie
Pinochle Player
 1979 When a Stranger Calls
Officer #1 (as De Forest Covan)
 1979 Carter Country (TV Series)
- The Big Move: Part 3 (1979) ... Minister
 1978 Good Times (TV Series)
Shorty / Rev. Beasley
- Write On, Thelma (1978) ... Shorty
- Something Old, Something New (1978) ... Rev. Beasley
 1977 New York, New York
Porter (as De Forest Covan)
 1976 Baretta (TV Series)
- Can't Win for Losin' (1976) ... Markle
 1976 Rocky
Apollo's Corner
 1976 Kojak (TV Series)
- Bad Dude (1976) ... Cabbie
 1975 Police Story (TV Series)
Shine Man
- The Cut Man Caper (1975) ... Shine Man
 1975 The Day of the Locust
Shoe Shine Boy (as De Forest Covan)
 1974-1975 That's My Mama (TV Series)
- Stephanie's Boyfriend (1975) ... Josh
- Clifton and Politics (1975) ... Josh
- Trial and Error (1975) ... Josh
- The Image Maker (1975) ... Josh
- The Hero (1975) ... Josh
 1974 Black Samson
Samson's Street People
 1974 Apple's Way (TV Series)
Customer (Bill)
- The Zoo (1974) ... Customer (Bill) (as DeForrest Covan)
 1973 A Dream for Christmas (TV Movie)
Charlie Pritchard (uncredited)
 1973 Sanford and Son (TV Series)
Woodrow 'Woody' Anderson
- The Engagement (1973) ... Woodrow 'Woody' Anderson
 1963 Living Between Two Worlds
 1959 Pork Chop Hill
U.S. Soldier (uncredited)
 1955 Panther Girl of the Kongo
Koango (uncredited)
 1954 Carmen Jones
Trainer (uncredited)
 1953 Jungle Drums of Africa
Native Tribesman (uncredited)
 1948 No Time for Romance
 1942 Take My Life
'Shadow', Harlem Tuff-Kid Gang Member
 1941 Mr. Washington Goes to Town
Short Man
 1940 South of Suez
Bita (uncredited)
 1940 Drums of the Desert
Tribesman (uncredited)
 1940 New Moon
Dancer (uncredited)
 1940 Chasing Trouble
Jackson (uncredited)
 1939 Pride of the Blue Grass
Blackie (uncredited)
 1939 Reform School
 1939 St. Louis Blues
Dancer (uncredited)
 1939 Boy Slaves
Pinkie (uncredited)
 1938 Going Places
Shoe-Shine (uncredited)
 1938 Too Hot to Handle
South American Fire Dancer (uncredited)
 1937 Every Day's a Holiday
Dancer (uncredited)
 1937 A Day at the Races
Black Singer (uncredited)
 1937 Nancy Steele Is Missing!
Little Bill (uncredited)
 1936 The Singing Kid
Dancer (uncredited)
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Alternate Names:

De Forest Covan | DeForrest Covan | DeForest Coven

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Nephew of vaudeville dancer Willie Covan.

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